Baroness Margaret Thatcher, ex- British Prime Minister and the 1st Female to bear the post, died earlier today from a stroke. She was eighty seven years old.
Mrs Thatcher’s reign, which lasted from 1979 to 1990, was a controversial one, that saw her instil massive and habitually extensively unpopular reforms right through the country.
Lord Bell, acting as representative for the Thatcher relatives, said:
“It is with immense sorrow that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died quietly following a stroke this morning.”
Thatcher’s time in power were characterized by augmented poverty between the working classes, war in the Falklands and huge civil unrest. Conversely, her supporters and admirers see her as a ground-breaking feminist and an symbol for hard-right Conservatism.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, a vocal follower of Thatcher’s, referred to as her “a great leader” and Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrat party said,
“She may have separated judgment throughout her moment in time in politics but one and all will be united today in acknowledging the strength of her persona and the extremism of her politics”.
Thatcher holds the difference of being Britain’s greatest serving Prime Minister.
As tributes from MPs and former colleagues pour in via on line news sources, social media websites are awash with discuss, as well as some somewhat less enjoyable statements regarding the Baroness.
Thatcher was a polarizing figure in British politics, she was loved by her supporters every bit as much as she was hated by her opponents. Last year, BBC News reported that Trade Union conference stallholder Colin Hampton was making brisk business by selling T-shirts that celebrated the former PM’s eventual demise.
Interviewed for the piece, Mr. Hampton said, “She is going to die some day. The fact of the matter is when she dies there will be people who come out and claim what a good person she was (…) But you expect many people in the regions of the country what they believe and they are going to be appalled by the coverage (…) Individuals will be saying that she was a good lady and pay no attention to most of the things she did…”
His merchandise was by no means the only indicator of this phenomenon, as various internet sites and online groups are also dedicated to holding events and jubilantly announcing the loss of the ex- PM.
On the prickly topic of Mrs Thatcher’s planned taxpayer-funded state funeral, Novelist John O’Farrell had this to say,
“Some in Westminster have talked about her receiving a state funeral when she dies, which seems a bizarre sort of mark of respect to someone who believed the state should do as little as feasible. It would be far more proper to allow competitive bids from private businesses to run the funeral preparations”.
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